From Saint John to NYC: New Brunswick Youth Orchestra will play at Imperial Theatre before Carnegie Hall performance
January 30, 2023 - Moncton, New Brunswick: The New Brunswick Youth Orchestra will make a triumphant return to Saint John’s Imperial Theatre on Sunday, February 12, the same location of their viral video performance that earned the orchestra an invitation to Carnegie Hall in New York City later this spring. The curtain will rise at 2 p.m. for the two-hour concert.
The youth orchestra will perform their latest concert, part of the successful “Any Stage, Anywhere” tour, at the majestic Imperial Theatre. The last time the NBYO was at this venue, the young musicians recorded their now-famous video rebuttal of an Infiniti car commercial that earned world-wide attention.
“Last season we recorded our “An Infinity of Young Talent” video on the Imperial Theatre stage before our concert. It was that video rebuttal to the unfortunate Infinity QX60—Beautiful Mess car advertisement, which led to our exciting invitation to perform at the Viennese Masters Orchestral Invitational Festival this coming June 16, 2023 at Carnegie Hall,” said Ken MacLeod, president and CEO of the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra. “As you can imagine, it will be very exciting to return to the Imperial Theatre stage for another NBYO performance of our captivating 2022-23 NBYO repertoire.”
The February 12 concert will also feature a special guest cellist. David Liam Roberts of Manitoba will be the featured soloist in Robert Schumann’s Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in A. The winner of the 2021 Canada Council for the Arts’ Michael Measures first prize, Roberts has established a reputation as one of Canada’s most promising cellists.
Roberts’s Saint John performance is part of a three-week recital tour of the Atlantic provinces in March 2023 with pianist LaLa Lee.
The NBYO Saint John performance by the 90-member orchestra is one of several taking place in New Brunswick in the lead-up to the Carnegie Hall performance.
“I invite everyone to join us for this in-person performance and hear first-hand from our province’s most talented young musicians. Audience members will be transported by the music, the musicianship, and the indomitable spirit of the performers,” said Ken MacLeod.
Tony Delgado, NBYO Conductor & Music Director, is excited about the evening’s performance.
“The NBYO’s repertoire includes Lord of the Rings, by Canadian Howard Shore, Sinfonia India which is a very rhythmically rich piece about the Mexican native culture which is not performed very often in North America, along with The Magic Flute,” Delgado said. “The NBYO’s rendition of the 1812 Overture is a wonderful opportunity to experience this masterpiece live.”
Seventeen of this season’s NBYO members are from the Greater Saint John area. Most are graduates of the Sistema NB Saint John program.
Generous supporters of the NBYO for 2022-23 season include:
Presenting Sponsors: Maple Leaf Homes, The McCain Foundation, Sun Life, CFB Gagetown, and the Government of New Brunswick
Season Sponsor: NBCC
Concert Sponsors for our Saint John show include Anglophone South School District; J.D. Irving, Ltd. and Symphony NB
Tickets for the February 12 event are $25 for adults, $20 for members, and $10 for students & youth. Tickets are available online at imperialonline.ca or by calling the Imperial Box Office at 506-674-4100. An enthusiastic turnout for the Saint John performance will help make the Carnegie Hall tour possible.
Several NBYO personnel are available for media interviews:
NBYO Maestro—Antonio Delgado email@example.com (506) 229-4985
NBYO Orchestra Manager—Claire Leslie Turnbull firstname.lastname@example.org (506) 229-
NBYO President & CEO—Ken MacLeod email@example.com (506) 961-1530 Various Saint John area NBYO members (can be reached through Claire)
Guest Soloist, Canadian Cellist—David Liam Roberts (firstname.lastname@example.org)